Electronic Dartboards the transformation from old school
As with a lot of other board games that have gone electronic or online so has the old fashioned dartboards.
If you were to ask the true hard core fan of darts more than likely they are going to prefer a steel tipped dart and the original Sisal fiber dartboards otherwise known as bristle dartboards.
It doesn’t matter which one you use if you are enjoying yourself, an electronic dart board can provide hours of entertainment and is a great addition to a game room.
The evolution of the electronic dartboard
There were several different types of material used to create the early dart boards one being the popular elm wood but over time it would be rendered useless.
In 1935 pub owner (makes sense) and a chemist began using the century plant (a stem less agave with long spiny leaves, which produces a tall flowering stem after many years of growth and then dies) to make dartboards.
The long leaves of the agave plant produced sisal which bundled together and compressed into a disk and bound with a metal ring.
This method was an instant hit because when the dart struck the board it would penetrate between the fiber doing very little damage to the board.
Enter the electronic dartboard
In the late 1970’s, different companies began producing electronic dartboards. These dartboards have electronic scoring computers that are pre-programmed with a wide variety of game types.
A typical electronic board is made of plastic facings with small holes. The holes slant out, allowing the plastic-tipped darts to stick inside.
When a dart strikes the board, the section makes contact with a metal plate, signaling the computer where the dart was thrown.
These "soft-tip" darts and automated boards greatly increased the game's popularity in the United States.